Monday, March 22, 2010

A beautiful day

The morning started out cold and cloudy.
My mood seemed to reflect that as the morning wore on given my circumstances.
But God always seems to know how to cheer me up.
It came, first, with a call from my husband at lunchtime, then with a call from a good pal. When I walked out of the house, the sun was shining.
The skies were blue.
Kind of reflected the mood I was in then.
It also makes me think of Psalm 13.
In the beginning of the Psalm, David seems to be having a rough time.
"How long, O Lord, will you forget me forever?" he writes.
David then talks about wrestling with his thoughts and having sorrow in his heart, but by the end of the Psalm he's turned his attention from himself to God.
"But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord for he has been good to me."
Notice the verbs: "trust," "rejoice" and "sing."
Maybe those are things we should do when we're down in the dumps - when our internal weather is cold and cloudy.
And we also need to recall God's goodness.
Remember how David's Psalm began? He acted like God had forgotten him, but by the end David recalled how good God had been to him.
Which reminds me of something the Apostle Paul wrote which is in the New Testament: "Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." Philippians 4:8.
Those are some words to live by.



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